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Russia's Official Presence in Middle East: A New Order
Monday, January 4, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
Since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, Russia has limited itself to its traditional role of providing arms as well as military and logistical experts to its Arab allies. As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime weakened, the Russians intensified their military support dramatically. Recently, the Russian ‘Caesar’ opted to expand his role in Syria to include direct intervention against enemies of the regime. The move towards direct intervention constitutes a revolution in Russia’s role in the Middle East and portends a deeper shift in the region.

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US Visa Restrictions and EU's Concerns
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Azadeh Taheri
White House knows all of these concerns and that is why US tried to assure its European partners that will carry out all the commitments under the nuclear deal and will not prevent legitimate business with Iran. It seems EU does not want this unilateral action that is the result of election competition between Republicans and Democrats in US sacrifice its interests.

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Targeting Muslims Is the Real Threat to Peace
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
I offer a proposal for political leaders in the United States and across the world to counter the immediate threat posed by ISIS and other similar groups. In order to deny these terrorist organizations any religious legitimacy whatsoever and effectively organize the masses of the Middle East and beyond against them, Muslim religious leaders from the center of Sunni learning (Al-Azhar University in Cairo) and the Shia theological centers of Qom, Iran and Najaf, Iraq should meet with the imaginative Pope Francis to promote religious unity, harmony and discuss ways to control religious extremism.

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Obama Doctrine in Persian Gulf, A Return to Nixon’s
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Gary Sick
Gary Sick, a Middle expert who served on the U.S. National Security Council under Presidents Ford and Carter, is of the opinion that President Barack Obama is seeking to delegate security in the Persian Gulf to the countries in the region, which is somehow a return to the Nixon doctrine.

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Italy Eyes Growing Economic and Security Cooperation with Post-Sanctions Iran
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Cinzia Bianco
Earlier this month, Gulf State Analytics sat down with Cinzia Bianco, an Italian expert on Middle Eastern geopolitics, to discuss the context in which Italians and Iranians eye opportunities to pursue a mutually advantageous relationship in 2016 and beyond.

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The Aftermath of Turkey Downing a Russian Jet
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nasser Saghafi-Ameri
With or without military confrontation, it seems that the Turkish – Russian relations are deemed to suffer severe setbacks due to the recent air incident and it is unlikely to regain the rapid growth it enjoyed since 2002.

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Coalition of the Coalitions' Needed in ISIS Fight
Sunday, December 13, 2015

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
It is now clear for most in the United States and the West that their own allies such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia are the source for much of the support and even ideology of ISIS and groups like it. Iran, on the other hand, is a natural partner to fight such terrorist organizations. It is thus vital for the US/West to adopt a new strategy that aims to engage Iran in the fight with terrorism and push back on the support US allies have been giving terrorist groups. 

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Vienna II Meeting Positive Step in Including Iran, Russia
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gary Sick
Former US national security adviser has said Russian involvement has dramatized the fact that Iran and Russia should be included in Syrian talks.

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Iran-Russia alliance: Tactical or strategic?
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Shahir Shahidsaless
Without a highly ideologically and politically motivated ally like Iran, Russia would face in Syria what the Soviet Union faced in Afghanistan.

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Putin in Tehran: Strengthening of Russian-Iranian Alliance
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nikolai Bobkin
Vladimir Putin has visited Iran for the first time in eight years. On Nov. 23 the Russian president gave a speech at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum summit (GECF) in Tehran. The idea to create the GECF originated with Ayatollah Khamenei, who in 2001 suggested that Tehran and Moscow establish an organization of gas cooperation like OPEC. The forum was legally founded in Moscow on Dec. 23, 2008, when the energy ministers of the member countries adopted the statute of the GECF – establishing it as an international association – and signed an intergovernmental agreement. 

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